A Stroll Around Santiago de Compostela & a Spanish Lunch

October 3, around noon…

Santiago de Compostela is best known for its famous pilgrimage. Judging by the number of people sitting around rubbing their sore feet very few of them have any energy left after walking ‘El Camino’ to just go for a stroll around the town…
Just walking around the town of Santiago de CompostelaIs that bagpipes I hear? Santiago de Compostela is in the province of Galicia and ‘Galicia’ is Spanish for Gaelic.Celtic Musician Santiago de Compostela, SpainThere are also ‘Tunas‘, wandering minstrels in their colourful traditional cloaks.
A Musician in a Traditional Cloak in Santiago de Compostela, SpainAn interesting character relaxing on a park bench.
A sculpture with glasses in a park in Santiago de Compostela A close-up of the character who is Don Ramón Maria del Valle according to the inscription.A sculpture with glasses in a park in Santiago de Compostela A rather magnificent bird house in the same park.A rather extravagant bird house in a Santiago de Compostela park It rains a lot in Galicia, one of the reasons it is so green, and of course why it reminded a bunch of Celts of home. The traditional home in Santiago has glassed-in balconies where one can sit and stare out at the rain without getting wet.Glassed-in balconies are a common feature on the buildings of rainy Santiago de Compostela, SpainAfter a couple hours of strolling around the town it was time for lunch. We found a little café in a pretty plaza and made ourselves at home. Of course, after last night’s tour of spectacular craft beers, Al wanted to know how to ask if the café had any on offer. Here is Google translate to the rescue if you should happen to find yourself in the same dire situation.
Al tries to figure out how to order a craft beer for lunch in Santiago de CompostelaAlas, they only had Estrella Galicia, but Al went for it anyway, while I had water which came in this lovely blue bottle.
A lunch in a small square in Santiago de Compostela¡Salud! A toast to Santiago and spending time with good friends.
A lunch in a small square in Santiago de CompostelaAs there were three of us, we let the more experienced Spanish hand prevail, and Mikey came up with two orders of ‘raciones’. This is our lunch ‘a la carta’ of ‘Patatas Bravas’ (potatoes with attitude) and ‘Chipirones’ (squid-like creatures). As you can see, the ‘raciones‘ are huge and one definitely needs a few friends to share them with…
Patatas Bravas and Deep-fried Squid I finished off my lunch with a supremely delicious Spanish coffee!A café con leche as served in Santiago de Compostela in Northern SpainIf you are having a just-wandering-around day in Santiago, here are some more tips from Jessica, a long-time resident of northern Spain.

  • of course the Cathedral, obviously, but you can also visit the roof (cubiertas) for 10€ through a guided tour in English, and while it is under construction you can also visit the andamios (scaffolding).
  • to eat: El Almacén – they only have grilled fish and meat, but it is TOP NOTCH. Rua Sarela de Abaixo (it’s kind of in the forest)
  • la Sarela: this is a walk along the river Sarela. It’s in the middle of the city but it seems like another world, very forested.
  • for coffee: Costa Vella/Casa Felisa: these two places are next door to each other and both have secret gardens that are great for coffee outside if the weather is nice. Costa Vella is a little bit nicer. Jessica, who these notes for us, has since opened a Bakery Café in Santiago de Compostela called Lusco & Fusco, and you can find her on Facebook at Facebook: Lusco Fusco Bakery Café. Her café was just mentioned in Condé Nast as one of the best places to have breakfast in Santiago!

More on our October 2014 trip to Northern Spain.

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